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Assange in Sweden: Open Letter to KimNeilJung

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KimNeilJung is one of the many moderators at the Flashback forum, the forum that set all kinds of records for traffic in connection with 'Assange in Sweden', the forum that was responsible for some of the most important revelations, and the forum - unfortunately or at least perhaps expectedly - that's been under harsh pressure almost from the get-go.

Moderators are seldom seen in the Assange thread, and with good reason: unlike other areas of that expansive microcosmos, the Assange thread is populated by erudite thinkers, investigative reporters, court judges, forensic scientists, and others generally interested in seeing that the truth wins out.

Trolls have always been a problem. Following the rulebook published by John Young, these lowlifes employ every trick in the book to thwart freedom of speech and freedom of assembly on a website where those principles are supposed to be held highest.

Things have got so bad that the moderators employ one of their own as a troll - a little pink pony. Members of Flashback can always put the trolls on 'ignore', but that doesn't work when the troll is also a moderator. Of course such activity is strictly against the rules of Flashback, but the moderators let it continue.

Unsurprisingly it's mostly been when a certain mysterious lass from Enköping has again become the topic of discussion that the sabotage has been at its worst. This has in the long run had the ironic effect of making the ordinary members aware they're finally onto something - namely that wee Ms Wilén is not the innocent wallflower she's pretended to be. And this, coupled with revelations posted at the blog of Craig Murray, has brought the case into a totally different light.

The legend of Edward Snowden has its own thread at Flashback, although there are cases where the Assange thread will link to something interesting there. The main issue is that all these various topics connect together - the rabid extreme and misandric feminism, the whereabouts and ongoings of the two complainants, the brash disregard for rule of law by the police and prosecutor, the interference in the judicial process by the prime minister and the foreign minister, and the concerted and well orchestrated media campaign. All these topics link together, and the core group in the Assange thread haven't had any difficulties keeping them apart. On the contrary: they're all crucial aspects of this extremely complex and extremely important story.

Flashback Down!

Flashback went down sometime late on 7 August local time. It's not the first time, but when it happens at such pivotal moments in the history of free speech, global information policy, and whistleblowers, one must try to see if there are any specific reasons.

Flashback had this short notice up that evening:

Flashback Forum Closed

2013-08-07 • Flashback Forum is temporarily closed for lack of an Internet connection. The forum uses a number of Internet providers across the globe, so it should be back online within 24 hours.

So they planned to return with a new ISP. What ISP had they been using? Why did that ISP close them so abruptly? Was it something posted in one of the forum threads?

But this happened the very same day Obama announced he was canceling a visit to Vladimir Putin that had been in the planning stages for a full year. And instead, the POTUS chooses to take that free day in his calendar to visit - Sweden?

Flashback is now being hosted by Swedish Bahnhof, the ISP famous for their refusal to cower before the powers that be.

Name:
    interzone.flashback.se

Aliases:
    204.214.24.85.in-addr.arpa
    204.192-28.214.24.85.in-addr.arpa

Addresses:
    85.24.214.204

inetnum:        85.24.214.192 - 85.24.214.207
netname:        RID-0000009633
descr:          RID-0000009633
country:        SE
admin-c:        BD856-RIPE
tech-c:         BD856-RIPE
status:         ASSIGNED PA
mnt-by:         BAHNHOF-NCC
source:         RIPE # Filtered

role:           Bahnhof DBM
address:        Bahnhof AB
address:        Isafjordsgatan 32B
address:        164 40 Kista
address:        Sweden

Name:
    h-212-85-75-180.na.cust.bahnhof.se

Aliases:
    180.75.85.212.in-addr.arpa

Addresses:
    212.85.75.180

inetnum:        212.85.75.176 - 212.85.75.191
netname:        RID-0000009633
descr:          FLASHBACK INTERNATIONAL INC
country:        NL
admin-c:        BD856-RIPE
tech-c:         BD856-RIPE
status:         ASSIGNED PA
mnt-by:         BAHNHOF-NCC
source:         RIPE # Filtered

role:           Bahnhof DBM
address:        Bahnhof AB
address:        Isafjordsgatan 32B
address:        164 40 Kista
address:        Sweden

And now today, amidst the discussion of Obama's 'blink' yesterday evening, the mods descended again, this time in the form of one 'KimNeilJung'. KimNeilJung posted twice, removed who knows how many posts, and slapped the thread with bold type.

Here's what KimNeilJung had to say.



Thinking the first attempt was a bit brash, he calmed down and tried again.



But it doesn't work. Nothing of what KimNeilJung writes is pertinent to the Assange thread. It's an attempt to justify what he's been ordered to do, and to stifle assembly and discussion about the embarrassing situation that's developed with respect to Assange, WikiLeaks, Snowden, the NSA, Obama, Putin, and Sweden. The powers that be do not want their citizenry talking too loudly about what's going on, and thereby spoiling the big party for PM Fredrik Reinfeldt, FM Carl Bildt, and all the other shamelessly sycophantic members of the right wing cabinet.

Flashback members are not allowed to comment on proclamations by the moderators for fear of reprisal: any response at all can result in suspension or permanent banning under nebulous rationales such as 'insubordination'. But people at external sites such as Rixstep are not members of Flashback and so can say what they want.

And this is what the people at Rixstep want to say to you, KimNeilJung: enough is enough. The people in the Assange thread are the best behaved members in the entire forum, and they shouldn't have to waste time explaining to you or any of your moderator colleagues what connections there are between one thing and another. If you want to better understand what they're talking about, then read the thread and do the research.

Too many times there have been important posts removed because either the moderators couldn't understand the connection, or more likely because they could - and found the information too dangerous for their superiors.

Posts such as the extensive research by member Callas into the background of Sofia Wilén when she was following Lou Reed around on tour in Europe in 2006 - a seemingly innocuous thing until people realised that Reed wasn't exactly enamoured of having the young fröken around, and that Reed had close ties with Václav Havel. The work by Callas was very relevant. It was published in the spirit of collaboration, so the other members could partake of it, perhaps dig deeper into her work, and independently determine its bearing on the case. But it was summarily removed from the thread with no forewarning - a clear case of censorship if there ever was one.

All the while you and your fellow moderators let the trolls - one of which is a forum moderator - run rampant in the thread in an attempt to sabotage the progress that is being made. You and the other Flashback moderators have conducted a blatant campaign against the Assange thread from the beginning. And now the whole world will know. So maybe it's time you stopped, KimNeilJung.

There's no longer any doubt that there are forces at work which are intent on stifling free speech at Flashback, and that the forum moderators, including you, KimNeilJung, are under orders from on high. What you are doing is not right and you know it. Starting now, KimNeilJung, the world is watching - most importantly the world outside the Duckpond you thought would protect you.

I'm so sick of it all. Will it never end? At any rate I want to say the other girl's just as much to blame.
 - Anna Ardin

Apparently Swedish laws are unique. If you have a penis you're half a rapist before you even get through customs.
 - Scott Adams

If I am able to reveal what I know, everyone will realise this is all a charade. If I could tell the British courts, I suspect it would make extradition a moot point.
 - Björn Hurtig

I can tell you that the Swedish prosecution still hasn't provided copies of those SMS texts that have been referred to. Those texts are some of the most powerful exculpatory evidence. In Australia prosecutors have a very grave duty to disclose such evidence to courts when seeking the grave exercise of a court's power against an individual. Yet in Sweden in this case, in the first hearings to obtain an arrest warrant, those texts were not submitted to the Swedish court, which is highly improper.
 - James Catlin

The prosecutor could achieve this broadening of the law during Assange's trial so he can be convicted of a crime that didn't exist at the time he allegedly committed it. She would need to. There is no precedent for this. The Swedes are making it up as they go along.
 - James Catlin

Julian Assange will surely learn that considering what WikiLeaks has published, he's got a few enemies in the Pentagon, the CIA, and the White House. Sweden began an investigation into rape which was later dismissed. Assange was even denied residence in Sweden. One can only speculate to what extent the security agencies of the US were involved. And considering the obvious interest of the US to silence WikiLeaks, is it likely Assange will have an accident of the 'Boston brakes' kind in the coming years? Or will he be snared with compromising information of the 'honey trap' kind?
 - 'Drozd' at Flashback 23 October 2010

The truth will out, the truth wins out. Let no journalist ever again speculate into what the protocols say. Six months of digging and the people at Flashback have the actual documents. The sleaze printed by rags such as the Daily Mail, Sweden's Aftonbladet and Expressen, and perhaps above all the toxic Nick Davies of the Guardian, can stand no more. Yet more: these documents are an indictment of the 'news organisations' who've printed deliberate inaccuracies all along or even worse: refused to print anything at all. Nick Davies' account of the protocols was maliciously skewed; both Aftonbladet and Expressen had copies early on and printed nothing. Bloggers had copies but arrogantly kept the information to their Smeagol selves.
 - The Assange Police Protocol: Translator's Note

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